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Run Your Race Well…

Good Morning Girls- Women's Online Bible Study #Intentionally Focused

(Picture of my mom and three daughters)

This past fall I ran my first half-marathon.

Let me just tell you, I’m NOT a runner so don’t be impressed. In high school I use to run on the track team until my boyfriend (who years later became my husband) decided to join the track team as well. The thought of him seeing me run made me so nervous that I quit and decided to play on the tennis team instead.

But though I don’t “see” myself as a runner, I actually am….and so are you.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

My dear friends I love you and I want you to run your race well. I want you to finish strong. I want you to run to the GLORY of our Lord!

I learned a few things about running as I was training this past fall.

1. It’s hard work- I’ll be honest, there were days I wanted to quit, but I’m so glad I didn’t.

2. You have to make time for it….running doesn’t just “happen”, except for those of us who have two year olds….need I say more?

3. It’s painful- I had many days where I was walking around with my legs extremely sore from the run the day before.

4. There are no short cuts- NONE. You have to put in the hard work.

5. It takes time- one of the reasons why I’ve never liked running is because IT TAKES SO LONG! Around mile three I start thinking, “You know, I really should be doing this____ instead.” or “I think my time would be better spent doing____.” There’s just no way around it, you have to put your time in.

6. Having a goal to focus on is important- Having the race date on the calendar kept me focused and motivated. I had made the commitment and there was no backing out….no matter how nervous I was getting.

7. What you wear matters- you can’t run effectively wearing heavy clothes or carrying baggage…it just slows you down. You also can’t run in heals….well I guess technically you can, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

8. Make sure you stay hydrated-You can’t run your best race when your body is depleted.

9. It’s more fun to run with friends- I had originally thought I’d run the race alone because I didn’t want to hold my friend back, so I came prepared to listen to a book on my iPhone as I ran, but we ended up running together which made the experience so much more fun and memorable. We are made for community.

10. It’s important to have a training buddy- I know I would of quit if I didn’t have the accountability of my running buddy. That girl pushed me to my running limit and I LOVED her for it. On the days we didn’t run together she would text or call me to see how my run for the day went. I LOVED having her check in on me and see how I was doing.

Friends, though this top 10 list pertains to running…..it also applies to our lives as well! In Hebrews 12:1 we are reminded that each of us is running a race that is MARKED out for us! Ohhh my sweet friends, I so want you to run your race well. Do you not realize others are watching? Not only are you surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses….those who have run before us with only the promise of what was to come, but those around you in your life are watching too!

If you’ve been running your race and have come here tired today, let me encourage you to let go of the baggage you are carrying.  You weren’t meant to carry that load. Give it to Jesus and then run for HIS GLORY! Don’t let the weight of your past continue to drag you down and keep you from running the race you are meant to run. Throw whatever is hindering you off and GO!

Regrets from past choices weighing you down? Ask for forgiveness and then let Jesus carry that heavy load for you.

Current sins keeping you tangled up and not able to break free to run your race? Cry out to Jesus and ask Him for His help! He is able and willing, my dear friend!

Run your race with perseverance and keep your eyes on Jesus! Running is hard. You will get tired and want to quit, but don’t.  Surround yourself with friends who will encourage you to stay in the race, friends who will run along side of you and help you persevere during the hard times…because we ALL run into hard times.

The race is not easy…..but it’s worth it.

HE is worth it.

We were reminded earlier this week that our days are numbered…be intentional in how you run your race. Be wise with the time you have been blessed with and give it your ALL.

As I was nearing the end of my half marathon, around mile 11, I suddenly couldn’t see very well. My vision changed to where it looked like I was looking through tons of large water droplets. This had happened to me a few times before so I knew what to expect and didn’t stop. Though I couldn’t see her anymore, I knew my friend was right beside me I just had to stay focused on my goal…to finish that race. You see what helped me keep going when I wanted to quit was that I knew who was cheering for me and waiting for me on the other side of my finish line….my 3 little girls.

Good Morning Girls- Women's Online Bible Study #Intentionally Focused

Friend, I don’t know what your race is like right now for you but I do know that you have a cheering squad whether you hear them or not. Please fix your eyes on Jesus, don’t get distracted or discouraged by this world. Don’t grow weary or lose heart….you have more people than you might know rooting for you! Stay strong, persevere and focus on HIM!

I am cheering for you all the way!

Good Morning Girls- Women's Online Bible Study #Intentionally Focused

(LOVE this picture of my sweet friend grabbing me after I crossed the finish line….just a little glimpse of what heaven will be like!)

Love God Greatly!

Angela- Good Morning Girls

 

 

 

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  1. Carol Lukas says:

    When I awoke this morning and started saying my prayers, the first words out of my mouth were, “Lord, I am weary,” Your encouragement in today’s post is just what I needed! Thank you so much for cheering me on! Be blessed today. <3

  2. I know something is hindering me though I can’t put my finger on it. I know The Lord knows and can wash it away. Here is to having a new day and a fresh start! I’m enjoying this study so much!

    • Denae…
      Found this quote and I’ve taped it to my monitor to remind me to start fresh each day. My prayer is that God will reveal what is hindering you and you can start fresh each new day. ~Martha
      New Day
      This is the beginning of a New Day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or grow in its light and be of service to others.

      But what I do with this day is important because…
      I have exchanged a day of my life for it.

      When tomorrow comes, Today will be gone forever. I hope I will not regret the price I paid for it.
      ~Author unknown

  3. Thank you! I have never considered myself a runner…but I realized, I am after all. Thank you for the encouragement.

  4. Angela, thank you so much for this study and your encouragement or actually the encouragement from our cloud of Believers and Jesus that you reminded us of. I have just started running so the analogy and tips are much appreciated as I physically run but more importantly as I run the race of life. Fix our eyes on Jesus and run!

    Love and prayers for you, Saundra

    • Ohhh I’m so glad you are joining us, Saundra! I actually thinking running is just as spiritual as it is physical….believe me towards the ends of my runs I’m just praying I can make it!:) Ha! No but seriously, I do feel like it is another way that God draws me closer to Himself. :)

  5. i literally cried at the end of reading this. “you have more people than you might know rooting for you!” It’s so easy to feel alone or feel as if you look crazy to those around you due to your love for the Word and hunger to reflect His image. Thank you for your kind words the pic of the “glimpse of Heaven”. Dear Jesus, bless all us sisters and continue to unite us in Your Word. Keep us strong, courageous, and focused on You. In your name, let it be so, Amen!

    Cece

    • Cece….
      I cried too. Praying in agreement with you, Amen!

      • Ohhh sweet friends! You do have so many friends cheering for you! I’m here and I know thousands of other women even here in our community are cheering for you as well! But yes, the moment we enter glory will be wonderful!

        You are NOT alone, Cece!!! I see you and so does God!:) Praying that God will place one special Christian friend in your life right now to encourage you along in the race that has been MARKED OUT for YOU! Run sweet sister, run……I’m cheering for you ALL THE WAY!:)

  6. Thank you for this great reminder that we are not alone in this race of life. Whatever we are doing, God is always with us. There may be hard times and there may be easy times. We need to experience God’s glory and know He has a plan for us. :-)

  7. The race has been exhausting for me lately. I ‘ve read this passage before but today it clicked for me! Now when I get battle weary, I can see Jesus standing at the finish line, arms outstretched and longing for me to reach the prize! What a precious Savior who hung on the cross and could see the joy of our reunion in Heaven. He ENDURED in anticipation of our eternity together! I am falling in love with Jesus on a deeper, more intimate level and it is amazing!!!!

    • Ohhh sweet Amy, I just LOVE what you shared today! :) Yes, won’t that be a glorious day when we finally get to see Him face to face!!! THAT’s what we need to focus on……that moment!:)

  8. Thank you for this reading this morning. I truly needed to read that. The last picture that you showed of your friend holding you lovingly brought tears to my eyes. It reminds me of how Jesus is doing us every time we cross that finish line. Blessings krista

    • That’s exactly what I felt, Krista…..it was just a little glimpse into heaven for me! I’ll never forget that moment!:)

  9. Emily Dixon says:

    This week as I’ve been practicing the memory verse I’ve been visualizing the challenge near the end of “The Biggest Loser” where the players put back on all the weight they have lost and then shed it again at each station of the course. I just imagine ripping everything off, letting the weight fall, and running wild and free. But today, as I SOAPed this verse, I was reminded of a line in the military and Presidential Oath of Office, “that I take this obligation freely and without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.” Shouldn’t that be how we follow God? No excuses, just faith, hope, and love. Thank you for creating these studies and allowing us to grow in our faith with you.

  10. Yay!!! Congratulations to you!!! And me and everyone of us!!!

    As I write this I have been awake for only an hour. But God!!! He reminded me that I wanted to be Intentionally Focused on Him. So what do I do and where do I turn? This study!! All I cn say is it’s a great way to start the morning!!!

    I am always running a race!!! A race against myself. To be better, to do more, to look a certain way, to accomplish this and that. Enter weariness and the feeling of never being good enough.

    I’m running toward the wrong things!!! My goal should be Jesus! (Exclamation points because revelation occurred before coffee ;p)

    Sure, I know that God loves me and we have a daily relationship of prayer and study, yada yada yada….but then life gets in the way. Temptation of worldly goals take over….SIN.

    Thank you so much for listening to Our Heavenly Father and writing this study! Thank you so much for the SOAP method!!! Shhhhh…it’s my new favorite way to study scripture!!! I know all of this has been given to you by Him, for women like me!!!

    Blessings to you!

    Kaaren

    • Ohhhh Kaaren, I can almost HEAR the excitement in your writing!!! I’m so excited for you and with YOU! Yes, I race against myself all the time, too! But HE needs to be our goal….not what the world tells us should be our goal(s)! :) ALL GLORY goes to Him….this is HIS ministry….I’m just blessed to be a part of it!!! Thanks so much for sharing your excitement today with us!:)

  11. So happy you finished your race. Thank you for the inspiration & encouragement!

  12. Thank you for this post and for letting God use you!

    “Don’t let the weight of your past continue to drag you down and keep you from running the race you are meant to run. Throw whatever is hindering you off and GO!”

    This was exactly what I needed to hear this morning.

  13. Angela,
    This was an amazing post! It is packed with such beautiful words that I definitely needed to hear. I have an issue a) letting go of past wrongs I have done because I feel guilty about them and b) persevering through goals I know will take a long time because I lack patience.
    Your post and the bible reading today put a wonderful message on my heart and I can’t wait to see where my prayers and new spark of motivation will take me :)

    • Ohhh Adriana, you are such a sweet encouragement to me! As a friend, let me encourage you to not let satan hold you back any longer with guilt from choices you’ve made in your past. If you’ve confessed and asked Jesus for forgiveness, He will forgive you.

      1 John 1:9- “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

      If you’ve confessed, then there is no need for you to feel guilty any longer….Jesus isn’t doing that to you. Release that burden to God and RUN sweet friend, run!!!

      I’m cheering for you and praying over you today! :)

  14. Thank you so much for all the encouragement. Would you please pray for me to make sure I don’t ignore preparing for the next day?

    • I would love to, Gabriela!

      “Dear Jesus,

      Thank you for the mighty work you are doing in and through Gabriela’s life! Please Lord help her to run the race You’ve marked out for her to run. Please help her in the evenings to have enough time and energy to prepare for the next day and all that You have planned for her. Thank you Lord for your goodness and faithfulness. We love you. Amen.”

  15. Thank you Angela, your post was perfect timing for me. I know God was speaking through you for sure!

  16. Kim Weese says:

    Thank you for these encouraging words. I feel so lifted up and energized by what the Lord is showing me through my study of His word. I cannot believe I have denied myself of this for so long and then wondered why I was feeling so burdened and dried up. We recently relocated to a new area and it has felt so lonely of good Christian fellowship, it’s so hard to find these days! I am very thankful that I can be a part of this group and to be encouraged and hopefully offer encouragement to others!

    • Ohhh Kim, I’m so glad you are joining us! We need each other, don’t we? God made us for community! I’d love to pray over you today. :)

      “Dear Jesus,

      Thank you for my new friend, Kim. Thank you for bringing her here to our GMG community and thank you for what YOU are showing her through your powerful Word. You are amazing, God. I pray over Kim today that you will bring a new Christian friend into her everyday life, one who will be an encouragement to her and a friend to enjoy life with. Please help her know that she is not alone…..help her to see YOU in her life today! We love you so much. Amen.”

  17. Thank you!! I needed to hear that today.

  18. Vikki Kinsey says:

    Thank you all for this study! I pray that God blesses y’all and gives back all that y’alls answering his call and doing this study FREELY has and is giving to me and my life in and with Christ, my Whole being is being transformed and y’alls inspiration and encouragement has been a great help. I know I am somebody and I am deserving to enjoy life on all levels and I cant let my past mistakes and sins keep me down anymore and with y’all’s study for the first time ever I am standing up and putting feet to this knowledge and not sitting here taking anymore of those oh you should suffer because look of what you did from my self or anyone else any longer! Please keep praying for me because only through Christ will I ever be able to keep trying to move forward!

    • Ohhh isn’t God’s Word amazing, Vikki?!! I LOVE hearing what He is doing in your life as you continue to read and interact with His Words. Yes, we all have past mistakes but once they are confessed, we can’t let satan continue to hold them against us. We must move forward in obedience to what God says in His Word…..even when we sometimes continue to feel the guilt. Let me encourage you to read and memorize 1 John 1:9. :)

      “Dear Jesus,
      THANK YOU for the amazing work You are doing in my sweet friend, Vikki’s life. Please continue to help her stand up on the knowledge of scripture and not on what she feels. Reminder her that once she confesses, she is forgiven. Help her to run her race with YOU as her focus. Thank YOU God for the powerful testimonies You are creating through women being in your Word….it truly is life transforming! Amen.”

  19. What a beautiful story of inspiration, thank you so much for it.

  20. Tina Lutkus says:

    Thank you! I have been very tired. I keep wondering am I doing the right things. I do not have a “buddy” I realize now that I need one. I need encouragement, support and someone to share with and pray with. Thanks again Angela!

    • “Dear Jesus,

      Please bless my new friend, Tina with an everyday friend in her life. One that she can pray with, share her heart with and one who will encourage her in her walk with You. Thank you for the amazing work You are doing in Tina’s life! Amen.”

  21. Sherri Herron says:

    Loved reading this post! Thanks for the encouragement to keep running the race set before us…for HIS glory!

  22. Thank you, I needed this encouragement more than you know. I was up so late last night tossing and turning as I worried over my current situation. Answers are slow to come and in the meantime I’m so embarrassed. Being intentionally focused is difficult right now but your words of wisdom are so very helpful. Thank you for this great study.

    • Oh Doris, I’m so sorry to hear this. Praying over you right now that you will feel Christ with you as you go through this hard time. Keep praying, trusting and staying in His Word.

      “Dear Jesus,

      Thank YOU for bringing my friend, Doris to this study. Thank you for what You are showing her through Your Word. Please help her today find comfort and security in You. Please help her keep her eyes and mind focused on You, bless her with friends who can encourage her and love on her at this time. Help her to see you in her life. Thank you for loving us always. Amen.”

  23. Candace l says:

    I really appreciate your encouragement. I am feeling kind of lost because I am new to this and am not quite sure how everything operates but I am going to keep trying until I figure out how all this works.

    • Ohhh Candace, WE LOVE having you here! Welcome my sweet friend! All you need is a Bible and to download our study guide which has our Bible reading plan included in it. :) Then on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays we will have blog posts here at this blog that talk about the verses we are reading. Just think of it as a group of friends coming together to share what they are learning through their time reading the assigned verses. :) You are welcome here anytime! So glad you spoke up. Please let me know if you need any further help!:)

  24. Brittany B says:

    I loved reading this post. I have been down on myself for awhile now and this post has help me.

    • So happy it was such an encouragement to you, Brittany! I pray the Lord will continue to lift you up! {Leadership Encourager}

  25. I am so encouraged b/c I have stayed faithful to the study for the first 3 days! Today’s message about Jesus being willing to carry me is just what I needed. I have been pulling 12 hour days and I am honestly weary beyond compare but I realize God will see me through this. I also need to be diligent in praying before going to bed at night to thank Him for all He is doing for me.

  26. Thank you for the encouragement I am going through a hard hard time right now I am going to keep on pushing on moving forward I still need to work on making better choice life is been hard been going through a lot.

  27. Meg the Missionary says:

    RUN 2 HIM

  28. Wow what great words of encouragement! Really spoke to my heart. Thank you for being my cheerleader. I have several of those in my life. You reminded me to thank them. God Bless your work. It is touching my lives include mine. Keep running the race and when the devil gets in your head just ignore him. He is going to work hard on your ladies because what you are doing is God’s work. Don’t listen. Praying for all 13,000 women!

  29. I am really enjoying this study. Yesterday was very pertinent to me. Here is my prayer from yesterday.Dear heavenly Father, thank You for this passage – one of my favourites and yet so often I am not living in its truths. Forgive me, Lord. I have sinned against You by not laying aside the weights and sin in my life and not running with cheerful, hopeful endurance. I have allowed my walk to follow my emotions/feelings and have failed to live and run the race in the constancy that comes with trusting You and believing and applying Your Word. Lord, my life is as You ordained it…thank You, Lord, for it – O Lord, You brought me to this place and this time. You have provided all I need to run with endurance this race of life that You have ordained for me. Help me, Lord, to continually look unto Jesus the author and finisher of my faith who for the joy set before Him endured the Cross. He endured the disobedience of sinners against Himself. Keep me in remembrance of Jesus’ sufferings and endurance on my behalf. Keep me looking to Him so I will not become wearied and faint in my soul/spirit. O Lord, help me to continually, always look unto Jesus.

  30. I wanted to thank you for this today. I am new to Good Morning Girls and have been so blessed by this study and community of women. It’s so easy when we get caught up in the daily struggles of this world to forget the race. We get so focused on the pain…the suffering…and the weariness that makes us want to retreat to the sidelines of life. That’s been me for a while now. I needed this study to remind me to get back in the race, get my focus off the struggles, and fix my eyes on Jesus. Thank you my sweet Good Morning Girls.

    • Kimberly,
      Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve been that route (focused more on me than on Jesus). Happy dance for moving away from the sidelines! Praise!!

  31. Thank you for these encouraging words – I do know that you have a cheering squad whether you hear them or not. Please fix your eyes on Jesus, don’t get distracted or discouraged by this world. Don’t grow weary or lose heart….you have more people than you might know rooting for you! Stay strong, persevere and focus on HIM! – They brought tears to my eyes and definitely encouraged me to persevere through a challenging time with one of our teenage children. God bless you!

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